Now to take a complete 180 from yesterday's post... today I'm finally getting around to posting something I promised about a month ago, music from the 1986 film "Club Paradise" starring Robin Williams and Jimmy Cliff. I was hyped up because this movie that I loved so much as a relative newcomer to reggae music was finally being made available on DVD.
It had been years since I'd seen "Club Paradise" and I quickly snatched it up at the local Mega-Mart the weekend it was released and was eagerly anticipating the grand unveiling of a seemingly lost gem after the kids were put to sleep that night! But sadly, it wasn't as good as I remembered. Sure there were a lot of funny parts - I still loved all the scenes with the two Barrys (Rick Moranis and Eugene Levy) trying to score some weed. Levy's lines inside the cab (pictured below) - "So let me get this straight. The deal is that we’re riding in a car with a guy we don’t even know, he’s wearing sunglasses in the middle of the night, taking us up into a jungle. Some godforsaken… nice deal, good negotiating. Why don’t we just hand him our wallets and slit our own throats?" was still good for a laugh.
I wouldn't say the movie in its entirety is all bad but there are still good scenes that make the dull parts worth sitting through. Besides if you don't like the plot line you can just soak up the beautiful backgrounds - it was filmed in Port Antonio and some of the locales are absolutely stunning! Sure "Club Paradise" is not a real Jamaican movie like "The Harder They Come" or "Rockers" but it's still enjoyable when you're enduring a seemingly endless winter like I am.
If you've never seen it before I recommend renting it or buying it second hand but if you're like me and kinda grew up on this film it's worth owning for old-times sake.
After a good month of half-hearted searching I finally unearthed the soundtrack LP
in the basement and am sharing 4 tracks for your listening pleasure. I was actually tempted to put up the whole album since it's been out of print for quite some time but like the movie... it's not as good as I remembered it.
I've got 2 Jimmy Cliff tracks - "The Lion Awakes" and "Club Paradise." Also included in the zip is Well, Pleased and Satisfied with the best track on the LP called "Sweetie Come From America" produced by Sonia Pottinger. Finally there is a tune from the U.S. based Blue Riddim Band - a track called "Love People." Hope you enjoy them - have a great weekend!